Selfies have become a staple in this fast-paced, social media-obsessed generation. Snapping flattering photos and posting them to social media is one way to be on trend and to catch people’s attention. Selfies, and the behavior associated with them, are definitely fascinating, if not perplexing.
Anastasia Makhanova, a psychologist at Florida State University, decided to study men and women’s behavior when taking selfies. For her research, she compared the profile images of users on dating sites with those on professional networking sites. What she found out was pretty interesting.
Makhanova found that women on dating sites took selfies mostly from a higher angle.
Meanwhile, men on professional networking sites took photos from a lower angle. Makhanova supposed these manners of taking selfies have something to do with how humans attempt to present themselves, depending on who they think is looking.
According to Makhanova:
“It all started with me looking at a bunch of MySpace pictures and wondering, ‘There has to be a reason that people are taking photos like this.’ … Like, you know, a girl in the bathroom with her phone up here, I didn’t buy that that just happened by chance. I thought that that must have some sort of benefit to how people are perceived.”
In addition, the study found that men don’t really have a preference when taking and posting photos to dating apps.
But when it came to professional networking sites, men were more likely to take photos from a lower angle. Selfies taken from below make the subject look bigger, while selfies taken from above make the subject look smaller.
Makhanova believes these behaviors are an evolutionary theory at work. The study suggests that humans present themselves in ways that show off their qualities to potential mates, as well as rivals and allies. This was done by our ancestors, and today, we do it with a modern approach: through photos.
For the study, Makhanova had 250 university students take selfies.
Before the selfies were taken, Makhanova told the participants whether the photos would be seen by either members of the same or of the opposite sex. In general, women took their selfies from above, while the men took theirs from below, but this still depended on whom they thought would see the photos.
“Women only used this strategy when they thought they would be viewed by men. And men only used this strategy when they thought they would be viewed by other men. So it seems that for women, this preference for above photos might be linked to their desire to appear attractive. Whereas for men, it’s tied to dominance.”
The study also concludes that even subtle differences in the angles from where the photos were taken affected how the subjects were perceived by others. Women who were photographed from above were perceived as more attractive, younger, and thinner. For men, however, the angle didn’t matter to women. Only other men were affected by the angle from which the photos were taken. Men viewed other men who were photographed from below as more dominant.
Do you agree with Makhanova’s findings? How do you like to take your selfies?
10 Reasons Why Children Should Also Read Non-Disney Fairy Tales
“Disney is not the authority of fairy tales.”
When it comes to stories for young children, most parents would prefer tales of happy endings and princes rescuing princesses. In short, Disney fairy tales are easily the choice of stories for little kids.
By now, many have come to know that fairy tales by Disney that both adults and kids love are based on original stories that are far different from animated versions. But besides reading feel-good Disney stories, young readers should also be exposed to the complexity and rich stories by authors Hans Christian Andersen, Andrew Lang and Comtesse de Ségur and here are 10 reasons why.
#1. Appreciate different culture
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Who knows you might be suffering from one of them!
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It holds true that phobias, in a general perspective, is a difficult thing to handle. Food phobias, on the other hand, are on a different kind of level. They either create social stress or destroy a person’s well-being. While some can be avoided, others are just too serious.
Below are 10 food phobias that can wreak havoc in the lives of their victims. ...
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One can only imagine the amount of effort used to bring them into reality.
Game of Thrones is, without a doubt, one of the greatest shows in television history. It quickly rose to fame and accumulated a huge following.
The show has even inspired a lot of fan art and crazy fan theories from the community - people just love everything related to it. This why Salavat Fidai’s miniature Game of Thrones sculptures took the world wide web by storm. And believe it or not, he uses pencil lead as his canvass.
Fidai’s work features various elements from the hit TV show. There are signs of the Houses of Westeros, the dragon, the white walker, and the iron throne, among many others. This guy is definitely off the charts!...